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“Don't go too late !”
Review of Kualao Restaurant

Kualao Restaurant
Ranked #22 of 434 Restaurants in Vientiane
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $30
Cuisines: Asian
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Kualao is not just a paragon of Vientiane hospitality, but is also a charming example of French colonial architecture and a treasury of the finest, authentic Lao cuisine. --------- Kualao Restaurant is Vientiane's most popular, internationally recognized, up-scale and authentic Lao food restaurant, where both local and visiting diners bask in an ambience that flawlessly reincarnates the romantic and sophisticated atmosphere of early colonial French Indochina. Kualao is discretely, and conveniently, nestled on the corner of the city's landmark That Dam Intersection, which is known for the famous 'Black Shrine' stupa that sits at the center of the nearby roundabout. The restaurant is housed in a charmingly elegant, vintage villa that, until only decades ago, formed the residential estate of French colonial officials. The restaurant's exterior epitomizes architecture 'a la francaise', invoking thoughts of the society parties, business deals and political intrigue that must have taken place there in the colonial era. The interior, however, whispers the soft Lao overtones of a traditional Southeast Asian interior. The distinctively patterned textiles, the rattan wall rendering, the discrete lighting, the traditionally glazed ceramic plates and the elegant golden cutlery is distinctly Lao and has been fused with modern, international essentials, such as a fully stocked wine cellar and an English language version of the menu. The harmonious blend of East and West is typified by the beautiful female hostesses in their traditional, multi-colored Lao Sinh skirts and the male 'garcons' in their formal, western-style black trousers, white shirts and bow ties. In its days as a prominent colonial estate, the Kualao building played host to Vientiane's elite society. Now, as Vientiane's most prestigious Lao restaurant, it is still the perfect place to meet, relax, enjoy sumptuous food and impeccable service and be captivated by enchanting Lao entertainment. You cannot truly say you have experienced the best that Laos has to offer unless you have dined at Kualao.
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Got the tail end of the show. Groups get best seating. Nice prix fixe assortment, attentive service. Easy walk from hotel.

Thank jwsmd3
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Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2017

Dear jwsmd3,

Our traditional show starts at 7pm and ends at 9pm. Our clientele generally prefers to eat early and leave early.

The reason why big groups get best seating is because one of their members usually calls to reserve a table well beforehand! Please book a table if you want the top seats to see the show (trust me, it's worth it).

And I'm happy our service staff were attentive to your needs.

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Reviewed February 16, 2013

Everywhere we we went in Laos we were impressed with the quality of the food and this restaurant was well up to standard.

Thank TrueBrit_10
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Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2017

Dear TrueBrit_10,

Oh, thanks so much! You're too kind.

I hope we get the chance to serve you again in the future.

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Reviewed February 11, 2013

Just for short...If you are fond of local laos dishes and want to have a decent and authentic laos cusine....Kualao is the place...the price is a little bid more than usual but acceptable..It's always fully booked, please make sure that you have made an advance booking.

Thank ANDAMANPhuket_
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Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2017

Dear ANDAMANPhuket_,

oh, wow! What beautiful words.

I'm happy you got a table. And yes, please do book a table before you come!

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Reviewed February 4, 2013

As far as food is concerned, it is good. Service is also very good. What I don't like about this restaurant is that it is too touristy. At the time we were there, all the diners were tourists. I'm not sure if the food is authentic, because I don't have much knowledge on Lao food. The ambience is cheerful. There is a cultural show which features Laotian music & dance. The restaurant is typically a tourist attraction

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Thank rhino805
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Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2017

Dear rhino805,

The reason why tourists frequent Kualao is because they know that the locals love it.

While tourists do make up a sizeable part of our business, the majority of our clientele is actually locals who prefer a nice atmosphere to enjoy a home-cooked meal. We are a place where businessmen come to relax, where statesmen come to wind down, and where foreign dignitaries come to experience real authentic Lao cuisine.

I will pass on your compliments to our staff. They will surely appreciate them.

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Reviewed February 3, 2013

I love the menu and the dancing... a great locatio, gorgeous food and the ambiance is perfect. I make a habit of always returning to this restaurant. Highly recommend it.

Thank Pademelonsammie
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Kualao, Owner at Kualao Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2017

Dear Pademelonsammie,

Many thanks for your lovely comments. We hope you dine with us again really soon.

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